This Sunday, January 1, on the occasion of the first match of its year 2023, PSG moves on the lawn of its runner-up RC Lens on behalf of the seventeenth day of Ligue 1. A match without Messi or Neymar, where the substitutes will be able shine.
Against RC Lens, PSG will be deprived of several leaders. Neymar, suspended after a red card against Strasbourg and Lionel Messi, always spared, will be absent during the trip to Bollaert. Christophe Galtier will have to find two other options to support Kylian Mbappé in the Parisian attack. The French technician has three options to bring two players in line with Mbappé. Pablo Sarabia, Carlos Soler and Hugo Ekitike. According to information from the newspaper l’Équipe, it is the French striker who could be sacrificed. Galtier prefers to rely on Sarabia’s experience to replace Messi, while Carlos Soler will be used in a similar style to Neymar’s in the heart of the game.
Hugo Ekitike sacrificed against Lens?
Right from the start against Strasbourg, Hugo Ekitike struggled to exist offensively, despite being generous in his runs. The 20-year-old striker failed to shine and take advantage of the absence of some stars to score points. The former Stade de Reims player, who is the author of just one goal in 13 games played, is still struggling to win at PSG. For such an important game as the match against Lens, Galtier will probably trust the Spaniards, although nothing has been decided. The French technician still has two days of training to introduce a new tactic with the Parisian substitutes against the Sang et Or. Only five times since the start of the season, Pablo Sarabia could also have his chance to prove himself, while Hugo Ekitike gives fewer guarantees than the Spanish winger and, above all, fails to find his place in the Parisian workforce.